Ecological consequences of behavioural types

Many of our field experiments took place at lake Döllnsee

Behavioural types (i.e. behavioural differences between individuals from the same population that are consistent over time and correlated across different contexts) are considered to be a topic of prime importance in animal behaviour, ecology and evolution. While a substantial body of knowledge about the occurrence, form and causes of behavioural types has been accumulated over the last two decades, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the ecological and managerial consequences of such differences. The present SAW project aimed to tap into this knowledge gap. By combining theoretical and conceptual research with lab-, mesocosm- and field experiments in different fish models we addressed key research questions at different biological scales ranging from individuals and groups to multi-species communities and socio-ecological systems. The results of this project have been published in 49 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, including articles in Nature Communications, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Journal of Animal Ecology and Fish and Fisheries. Within the project, two Ph.D theses, seven master and ten bachelor theses have been completed; researchers in our team initiated several follow-up projects resulting in two funded DFG projects, one project funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, and two further submitted grant proposals (ERC Starting Grant and NIH Grant, decisions pending).

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(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Doctoral Student
Funded by

Leibniz Pact for Research and Innovation SAW-2013-IGB-2 221

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Max Wolf

Research Group Leader
Working group
Causes and Consequences of Behavioural Types
Ralf H. J. M. Kurvers; Stefan M. Herzog; Ralph Hertwig; Jens Krause; Patricia A. Carney; Andy Bogart; Giuseppe Argenziano; Iris Zalaudek; Max Wolf

Boosting medical diagnostics by pooling independent judgments

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. - 113(2016)31, S. 8777-8782

Tim Landgraf; Hai Nguyen; Joseph Schröer; Angelika Szengel; Romain J. G. Clément; David Bierbach; Jens Krause

Blending in with the shoal

Biomimetic and biohybrid systems : third international conference, Living Machines 2014 ... / eds.: Armin Duff ...

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